Last updated 9th April, 2020
All you need to know about associated costs of hiring a flooring specialist to clean a carpet including costs of materials, labour and time frames.
This article is all about carpet cleaning and the costs charged by professional carpet cleaning contractors throughout the UK. The vast majority of carpet cleaning companies will offer quotes which are based simply on the shape and size of the room, plus whether or not there were any stubborn stains that needed to be removed.
There are a variety of different carpet cleaning methods used within the industry, some methods use more water whereas others depend more on mechanical action or chemicals to clean. The most important thing is that the technician has the required training and experience to carry out the carpet cleaning properly and safely. National Carpet Cleaners Association (NCCA) members have a recognised qualification in carpet and upholstery cleaning and are fully trained in the use of all recommended cleaning methods, so can advise on the most appropriate methods for any situation.
Most of the carpet cleaning done today in the UK uses the "hot water extraction" or steam cleaning method as the majority of carpet manufacturers recommend hot water extraction as their preferred method of cleaning to preserve the lifespan of their carpets. Many carpet cleaning companies also offer an upholstery cleaning service, so it makes sense to get your furniture cleaned at the same time as the carpets as the rates charged will be slightly more competitive for larger jobs at the same address.
Though there are a variety of methods in use for carpet and upholstery cleaning, each process should include a similar process. For example, with the most popular hot water extraction method, first of all there is the vacuum pre cleaning to remove any surface dust and dirt, any spots, stains or heavily soiled areas should be pre-treated, then the carpets should be steam cleaned (hot water extraction) followed by a thorough rinse ensuring carpets will be completely dry within 24 hours. Leaving the carpet too wet can cause shrinkage, in addition, after cleaning your carpet it must be dried thoroughly to prevent mould and mildew. The way most carpet cleaning professionals take care of this is to use a carpet cleaning machine that dries the carpet as you push it across the floor. This makes carpet cleaning easier and allows customers to start walking on the carpet sooner.
Carpet cleaning is a necessary part of maintaining carpets and is a safe and healthy way to keep your carpets looking like new - as long as they are cleaned properly and safely. If cleaning the carpets yourself and hiring a machine, it’s always wise to fully read the instructions for both the machine and the cleaning products that come with it. Cleaning chemicals are generally labelled with specific instructions as some chemicals shouldn’t be used on specific types of carpet, so be sure to get it right to avoid ruining the carpets instead of cleaning them! In fact, if using chemicals you are unfamiliar with it may be an idea to test the product in a hidden spot to make sure it won’t damage your carpet.
If your carpet is beyond cleaning then you might want to bite the bullet and get a brand new carpet. Check out our page on hiring a flooring specialist to fit a carpet.
The average cost of hiring a flooring specialist to clean your carpet is roughly £25-£50 for each room depending on the room size. If you decide to tackle the job yourself you can hire carpet cleaning equipment for around £20 to £25 a day, but you'd also need to provide carpet shampoo for an additional £15.
The average labourer will usually charge around £100 to £150 per day, but as mentioned, this varies depending on how many rooms you want cleaned and there is usually a minimum charge of £50. Carpet cleaning should take no longer than a day, although this will depend on the number of rooms and what condition the carpets are in.
Below are some estimated costs of hiring a carpet specialist to clean carpets in various rooms:
|Room Type||Avg. Cost||Duration|
|Stairs and Landing||£30||1 Hour|
|Small Bedroom||£20||30 Minutes|
|Large Bedroom||£35||40 Minutes|
Individual Cost of Carpet Cleaning a Standard 3 Bedroom House - Total Cost: £200